44th Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas

Downtown Candlelit Christmas 2020 Dates Announced

(Hattiesburg, Miss.) – The Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association, invites the public to celebrate the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 and Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 for Hattiesburg’s longest running holiday traditions, the 44th Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas. 

The Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas event, is a two-day holiday-favorite event that draws hundreds of visitors from across the region to explore the spectacle of 18,000 white bags with flickering candles, lining the sidewalks of the Historic Neighborhood and the downtown district. Guests are invited to experience the nostalgia of a simpler time as they travel historic streets lined with luminaries alongside more than 300 homes and businesses decorated for the holidays with garlands, bows, and twinkling lights.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, events will not include the traditional carriage rides, refreshments in the Walthall, or in-person home tours. However, Sacred Heart Church will be caroling on the church front steps, and virtual holiday home tours will be a part of the 2020 event offerings. The 2020 holiday weekend will also includes a variety of special events, all centered in and around Downtown Hattiesburg. Festivities include the continuation of luminaries throughout the Downtown district, guided walking tours (ticketed event) Ghosts of Christmas Past presented by HCLO, extended holiday shopping at several retail locations downtown, historic virtual home tours, and a nostalgic self-guided holiday window display contest, A Downtown Christmas Story.

“The streets will be lit and downtown businesses will be open late for this holiday celebration. We invite families, friends, and visitors downtown to grab a bite to eat and stroll through our candlelit streets. While we have had to adapt some of our offerings this year, we have several tours that are sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit.  From HCLO’s Ghosts of Christmas Past tour and the self-guided window display tour to the virtual holiday home tour, we encourage everyone to experience these joyful holiday offerings downtown,” Andrea Saffle, executive director of the Downtown Hattiesburg Association, said.

“In addition, Town Square Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, filled with Christmas music and caroling at various locations throughout downtown,” Saffle said.

With Downtown’s “Go Cup” ordinance, adults can grab a drink and stroll through the candle lined streets, enjoying the activities throughout downtown. Shops and galleries open for evening hours include Oddfellows Gallery, McKenzie’s on Main, Walnut Square Stationary & Gifts, Main Street Books, Twin Forks Wine & Provisions (curb side only),  Ruby Nails,  Go Young Fashions, Sacks Outdoor, Lucky Rabbit, and The Shop Downtown.  Patrons can also grab tasty food and cocktails at a downtown pub or restaurant like Fika Swedish Café, Blu Jazz Café, Nellie’s Chicken & Daiquiris, The Porter, SoPro Taproom and various food trucks.

Full details on this season’s adapted holiday events are available on Downtown Hattiesburg’s Facebook page and www.downtownhattiesburg.com.

Schedule of Activities:

Saturday December 12, 2020

  • 18,000 luminaries will light the sidewalks throughout the Historic Neighborhood and Downtown.
  • Holiday Virtual Tour of Homes will feature three historic homes. The Tour of Homes will run Saturday and Sunday from 5:30pm until 8:30pm. Tickets available at the Walthall for $5, and all proceeds will go to the Walthall Foundation.
  • Sacred Heart Church- Carol Sing on the steps, times 6-7:30pm, Saturday
  • Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour presented by HCLO take a stroll back in time and hear stories of Hattiesburg’s history from some of its colorful characters. Tickets available on-line and HCLO’s Facebook page.
  • Downtown- Shops will be open late for holiday shopping some will have live music and refreshments, pick up a map at any of our downtown shops to explore all of the festivities.
  • A Downtown Christmas Story- A self-guided holiday window tour will be offered through January 1, complete with ways to pick a holiday favorite as the winner.
  • Town Square Park will be decked out as a winter wonderland of lights.

Sunday December 13, 2020

  • 18,000 luminaries will light the sidewalks throughout the Historic Neighborhood and Downtown.
  • Holiday Virtual Tour of Homes will feature three historic homes. The Tour of Homes will run Saturday and Sunday from 5:30pm until 8:30pm. Tickets available at the Walthall for $5, and all proceeds will go to the Walthall Foundation.
  • A Downtown Christmas Story- A self-guided holiday window tour will be offered through January 1, complete with ways to pick a holiday favorite as the winner.
  • Town Square Park will be decked out as a winter wonderland of lights.